Chris Graham: Immigrant invaders in Staunton

staunton2editsThe Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center is housing seven children from Central America have been placed at the center in the past month.

Meaning the world, as we know it, is coming to an end.

“These juvenile invaders did not commit their crime in our locality. What we have here is anything but humane, operating as a de facto government relocation project, and as the socialists praise the spending of my federal tax money, justice is once again not served for the law abiding,” News Leader reader Dana Mason wrote in a comment on the local news website’s coverage of the story.

To be fair to my own hometown, the comments have been about 50-50 – roughly half expressing hope that Staunton can show the rest of the country that we have a sense of humanity about us that hasn’t been seen elsewhere in regard to the ongoing border crisis, the other half adjusting their tinfoil hats as they type out tripe about socialists trying to use the crisis to engineer the political takeover of Murica by illegal furrners.

“The government must be seeding these illegal aliens throughout the lower 48 states. I’ll leave it up to the reader to discern why,” Greg Schawb commented on the story.

The crisis isn’t political, but humanitarian – parents sending children from Central America to the States to escape abject poverty and rampant drug and gang violence. The more than 50,000 foreign-born children and teens who have tried to enter the United States at its southern border this year have been turned into pawns in a political game by the usual suspects on the right.

Benghazi wasn’t sticky, the claptrap about King Obama hasn’t resonated, but immigrant scapegoats work well in whipping up the Fox News set.

Lost in the nonsense is the real issue: amending the 2008 law signed by president bush that created the legal loophole bogging down deportation hearings.

King Obama can’t do that by himself, but the do-nothings in the Republican-majority House of Representatives haven’t been able to come to agreement on what day of the week it is, much less make any movement on immigration legislation, or anything more substantive than that they don’t like Democrats, and would prefer that they are also deported.

In the meantime, this is a moment for Staunton and the Shenandoah Valley to show compassion, so we will end on that note.

“Stauntonians have an opportunity to show other parts of the country how to display compassion and Christian love. These children are fleeing deplorable conditions and under current law are entitled to due process,” news leader reader David Driver commented.

Good on him for saying that.

– Column by Chris Graham

 

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